Regina Spektor at Radio City Music Hall: Concert review

Indie songstress Regina Spektor played Radio City Music Hall last night, sharing her idiosyncratic art-pop with an audience of downtown scenesters, vocally-demonstrative devotees and even some nine-year-olds up past their bedtimes.

First things first, the answer to the most pressing question on your mind: YES, Regina did adopt a fish face while making seal/walrus noises during “Folding Chair.” Aside from maritime impressions, Spektor was graceful and composed, spending most of the evening seated behind a sleek expansive black piano.

The magnitude and majesty of Radio City—not to mention the adoring fans that hung on her every syncopated syllable—did seem to have an effect on her. Spektor bashfully told the audience being in Radio City, “Feels like a dream. I’m so grateful.” It’s not hard to understand her reaction. Sure, “Fidelity” and “On the Radio” are inviting pop songs, but it’s rare to see so an enormous crowd of “regular people” shrieking with excitement over such willfully weird music.

Most of the set was from Far, her latest album. During “One More Time with Feeling” she demonstrated an impressive ability to sing her own background vocals, and the New Order flavor she gave to “Dance Anthem of the ’80s”—her staccato ode to young love—was a welcome addition.

The best moment of the night was the evening’s last song, “Love, You’re a Whore,” an as-yet-unrecorded art-pop take on a galloping country tune. With the four-person string section behind her, it was a loose orchestral hoedown and a satisfying way to send her fans off into the drizzly Manhattan night.

Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • Ellie

    I wouldn’t call her music “pop”, will I guess maybe some of her newer stuff but I really think that’s just anti-folk covered in studio gloss. Go Regina Spektor. I wish I could have been one of those fans… :)

  • claire

    love love love that you’re giving this amazing artist some attention! Regina Spektor is amazing!

  • Will

    I truly adore her. Sounds like a great time.

  • Rick

    Not weird music.. weird review.. ‘downtown scenesters’ ?, ‘vocally demonstrative devotees’ ?
    Having attended the concert and not falling into any of the above pidgeon holes, I enjoyed a
    unique talent , a suprisingly powerful voice that her recordings don’t give justice to. A joyfully expressive performance that more then rose to the occasion of what will hopefully be the first of many future Radio City appearances.

  • Heidi Bradley

    Wow, this reviewer does not get her AT ALL. The highlight of the evening was “Love You’re a Whore?” I was at the concert, and I can tell you Regina herself was the highlight: her voice and multiple instrument playing, her songwriting, her ability to defy expectation, making seeming contradictions work, and above all, her humility while doing it all. The evening was one I will never forget.

  • Maria Perez

    Does anyone know at what time she was on? I knwo she had an opening act, but what time she did hit the stage?

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